Hyperhidrosis, means ‘excessive sweating’. It affects both sexes equally, and all races. Commonly hands and feet are affected.

It is a disorder of the glands in the sympathetic nervous system and its cause is not known. The main symptom is wetness produced by the sweat glands. Sweating occurs to help the body stay cool, but excessive wetness may interfere with daily life and cause social embarrassment, discomfort, or the need to clean or change clothes more frequently than those without hyperhidrosis.


There are a number of ways to treat hyperhidrosis, depending on the type and severity of the individual’s situation. Non-surgical methods are used first but their success rate is small.

 If these do not work, then traditional surgery and minimally invasive surgery are viable options.

Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) is an excellent minimally invasive option for sweaty palms. It is done as a Day Care operation.

While under general anesthesia, the surgeon makes two small incisions under the arm and inserts small instruments, including a camera called a thoracoscope. The surgeon locates the nerve responsible for the overactive sweat gland and removes or interrupts it. For severe hyperhidrosis of the armpit, the patient  may undergo surgery to remove the associated nerves.

Fortis surgeons have an experience of over 200 successful endoscopic operations for this condition.